Shakespeare's Globe

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Ony talks about her key relationships in the play and how she feels Hero is much freer when she is around the other women. Ony also reveals what her costume will look like and also gives a few clues about the set.

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Hayley Bartley:

So I want to ask what relationships in the play are important to your character?

Ony Uhiara:

I suppose her family is very important. The relationships she has with Beatrice and her dad, I think they’re very strong and very close.

HB:

Do you think there’s a difference in the relationship with Beatrice, a female, compared to the male relationships that she has? I suppose she talks more!

OU:

Whenever she is with the women she’s freer, she’s unconstrained, I think, she doesn’t keep a lid on how she is. Whereas with the men it’s all like, “Ok, I’ve got to be proper now”.

HB:

What about her relationship with Claudio? How do you think she feels about him to begin with?

OU:

I think that she’s in love with him before we start the play, but that it’s been an unspoken thing between them. You know, they’ve been off at war for about a year and, in modern terms, she just doesn’t know how to be around a boy, that isn’t her dad or her uncle, who she feels that strongly about. She probably hasn’t said a word to him, or been able to say a word to him.

HB:

Yeah, well my next question was do you think about a back story for your character? I guess perhaps.

OU:

I do, I do to an extent, but not in a way that doesn’t allow me to react to something freshly from my fellow players. Sometimes you can go into so much detail with your own back story that it then becomes ineffective in a way. You might have a set rule but it might not actually compliment what the other people that you’re acting with are doing or giving you at that point in time.

HB:

What are you kind of thinking then? So with Claudio something had gone on before?

OU:

I think that she would have looked at him. I don’t think that she would have been in his face all the time, but she would have looked at him from a far. I don’t think she would have dared to flirt with him. You know, her mother’s just referenced once in the play [Innogen, wife of Leonato]...

HB:

And your production’s chosen not to have her?

OU:

Yeah, Leonato says, when Benedick is giving all his banter, Leonato says, “Yeah she’s my daughter, that’s what her mother says”. So whether or not her mother’s passed or is still in the household, you know, Hero doesn’t reference her mother. I suppose I am kind of thinking of it as if she’s passed and she has a lot of support from Beatrice and from Ursula and Margaret as well, so the three of them make up her mother figure I think.

HB:

Yes that’s really nice. Have you done much work on the stage yet?

OU:

I think a lot of us are kind of itching to get back on there, actually. You know, we had a good movement session that seems like a long time ago now. There’s a lot we need to play with and find the extremities of.

HB:

So that’s going to be huge when you actually properly make that move onto the stage.

OU:

Yes because when you are in the rehearsal room, and you’re walking around, you’ve still got these four walls right up against you. When you get out there it might just be “well that felt good in the rehearsal room but it doesn’t actually work when you get in there”, so that will be a good thing.

HB:

Have you looked much into costume, props or set? Do you know much about this?

OU:

Yes. I’ve had some lovely costume fittings. I had one just earlier today.

HB:

What style is it?

OU:

It’s lovely! I tell you I love my sleeves!

HB:

In what way do you love your sleeves?

OU:

They’re just very – They’re like little flutes, champagne flutes. As much as, you know, you’ve got the corset, but it’s very flowy.

HB:

It’s nice that you can imagine, obviously you are not wearing it to rehearse, but at least you can...

OU:

...We’ve been wearing practise skirts in rehearsal as well.

HB:

And do you know much about the set so you can at least try and envisage what it might look like?

OU:

Yes. At the moment I think the hardest bit to get in my head is the water and the flower beds.

HB:

Fully embracing the outdoor stage, basically.

OU:

We’ll see, once we get out there, how much and just what we can do with those, you know, we’ve been playing about with it.

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